Participation and the “han ji syndrome” Part. II – What antidotes to genuinely strengthen the voice of the urban poor

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By Hugo Ribadeau Dumas Recently on Terra Urban (Participation and the “Han ji syndrome” ) we argued that opening participatory arenas is not sufficient to empower the most marginalized citizens. The urban poor often reveal to be uncomfortable, helpless if not apathetic when invited to participate in the public sphere. To put it very bluntly, organizing […]

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Building Inclusive Cities – Delhi Declaration

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Recently an International Conference on Inclusive Urban Planning was organised in Delhi by Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation. Result of this conference was a ‘Delhi Declaration’ that aims to articulate steps for an equitable and inclusive urban planning approach. Terra Urban would like to know your opinion and comments on this Declaration. The declaration […]

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Civil Society Consultation at Bhopal: How to do an effective advocacy on Urban Poverty Issues

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On 4th February PRIA and Samarthan initiated a dialogue on how to really achieve effective advocacy around urban poverty issues, through strengthening the civil society. The consultation was held at Bhopal. The consultations saw the presence of civil society members, ngos and cso including ction- Aid, Water Aid,  UN Habitat,PRIA, GHK, VJSS Indore, Population Foundation of India and […]

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Participation and the “han ji syndrome”

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The author of this article, Hugo Ribadeau Dumas, is a master student in urban governance (from Sciences Po, Paris). He is currently interning with PRIA in Patna, Bihar.   Photo: Slum dwellers during an “orientation meeting” organized by PRIA in Chhapra (Bihar), in February 2013  “Han ji”(Yes sir). These two words could sum up very […]

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Mastipur, Bodhgaya: story of an “incidental rehabilitation” scheme in the land of the Enlightenment

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By Hugo Ribadeau Dumas and Abhishek Jha, PRIA While the “city” of Bodhgaya might be characterized by a negligible demographic and geographic importance, its influence and prestige at the international scale is nevertheless undeniable. Officially labelled as a class-III town by the government, the nagar panchayat of Bodhgaya had a population of just 31,000 people according […]

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Slums – a phenomenon or aftermath of Urbanisation?

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By Nidhi Batra Developing world has a new pace and vigour for growth, economic rise and urbanisation. Southern Asia which is about 30% Urban already has its 59% of population in ‘Slums’. This is for sure an indicator that we are NOT PLANNING adequately. Like always, we lack vision and are taking restorative policies and […]

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